Fishing News and Information

Reel Fishing
Andrew Helms (left) and Josh Whittaker of UNC-Charlotte won the Bassmaster College Classic title on Sunday on South Carolina's Lake Keowee. UNC-Charlotte pair wins Bassmaster College Classic

Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker, students at the UNC-Charlotte, made college bass-fishing history Sunday by adding the 2015 Bassmaster College Classic title to add to their National Championship title.


MORE ...

Bass are keying on crawdads in February, so go with baits in crawdad colors: reds, browns and golds. Go slow, donít stay home

Lots of bass fishermen shy away from fishing in February, and that’s a big mistake. The fishing can be tremendous if you can get a little warming trend. You’ll need to break out your crankbaits, your jerkbaits and your jigs — and an Alabama rig, you can’t leave that out.


MORE ...

South Carolina pro Casey Ashley lands a Lake Hartwell bass on the way to winning the Bassmaster Classic on Sunday. SC pro Casey Ashley wins Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, his home lake

This time, Mighty Casey didn’t strike out. Casey Ashley, a 31-year-old bass pro from Donalds, S.C., hit a homerun on Sunday, fishing on his home water, to the cheers of an adoring, hometown crowd, winning the Bassmaster Classic with a great final-day catch of better than 20 pounds.


MORE ...

Japanese bass pro Takahiro Omori leads the Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell after two days. 2004 champ Omori leads Bassmaster Classic entering final day

The final day of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell is shaping up to be a free-for-all, with a handful of former champions sitting atop the standings with the coveted trophy and $300,000 first-place prize well within their grasp. Takahiro Omori, a Japanese angler who now makes his home in Emory, Texas, caught five fish that weighed 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday and claimed the lead going into Sunday’s final round with a two-day total of 31-11.


MORE ...

Brandon Gray of Bulloch caught six bass on six straight casts in Saturday's second round of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell. Gray misses Bassmaster Classic cut, even with six fish on six casts

How crazy can bass fishing be? Brandon Gray of Bulloch found out on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.


MORE ...

Arizona pro Dean Rojas leads the Bassmaster Classic with a 21-pound, 2-ounce catch. Rojas burns up field in frigid Bassmaster Classic

Doesn’t it just figure that after the coldest day in the history of the Bassmaster Classic, four anglers from warm, sunny climates are sitting atop the standings?


MORE ...

Brandon Gray of Bullock shows off the two biggest of the three bass he caught in Friday's opening round of the Bassmasters Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell. North Carolina pro is well back after opening round of Bassmaster Classic

There’s deep, and there’s DEEP. That’s how pro bass fisherman Brandon Gray felt after Friday’s first day of the Bassmasters Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell. How deep should he have fished?


MORE ...

The Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet is a reintroduction of an old bait that will flat out catch fish. Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet

Give Theophile Bourgeois a new artificial lure with so much upside to it and he’s as happy as speckled trout and redfish chasing tasty mullet.


MORE ...

Fishermen have been catching plenty of speckled trout, and a mixture of smallish to large fish, in and around the Neuse River. Guide said 2014 trout closure has been a boon for Neuse River specks

Joe Ward of FlyDaddy Charters in New Bern is looking at the closure of speckled trout fishing last year as a godsend – a key factor in the excellent fishing that anglers have enjoyed along the Neuse River since the season re-opened last Sunday. And in the past couple of weeks, trout have been biting consistently, with a mixture of small and large fish.


MORE ...

Alabama's Chris Lane is wrapped up tight as he fishes a Lake Hartwell boat dock during Wednesday's practice for this weekend's Bassmaster Classic. Gray hopes Buggs Island background helps out in Hartwell Bassmaster Classic

At 56,000 acres, Lake Hartwell is a little bigger than Brandon Gray’s home lake, Buggs Island, aka Kerr Reservoir. And it’s a little bit clearer, and it’s got spotted bass. But there are enough similarities that Gray believes he can feel confident in what he’s doing when he blasts off on Friday morning in the Bassmaster Classic.


MORE ...

Charlie Cone of Newport and his son, Chris, landed this enormous, 78.66-pound king mackerel, in a Florida tournament three weeks ago. The fish is a pending line-class world record for king mackerel. Newport angler's huge Florida king mackerel is pending line-class record

Charlie Cone of Newport was looking for a little downtime three weeks ago when he headed to Key West, Fla., to fish the Stock Island Marina Village King Mackerel Tournament with his son, Chris, who is station at Key West in the U.S. Coast Guard. It turned out to be a great trip all the way around, as the Cones won the tournament with a 78.66-pound fish that is set a tournament record, is the biggest fish ever caught in a Southern Kingfish Association-sanctioned tournament, and is a pending IGFA line-class world record.


MORE ...

Most fishermen have all they need to build a homemade downrigger in their tackle box or shop. Hold onto that hard-earned money; make your own downrigger

With striped bass, hybrid bass, spotted bass and white bass in many North Carolina lakes, downriggers have become standard equipment to get baits down to these open-water fish, but they aren’t a poor-man’s fishing tool, with most systems costing more than $200. To fish deep without going into debt, consider a do-it-yourself downrigger that can be assembled in about 20 minutes with materials likely at hand.†


MORE ...